In Brief: November-December 2006

  • Michelle Connolly, an associate professor of economics, has been named chief economist of the Federal Communications Commission. She replaces Leslie Marx '89, an associate professor of economics in the Fuqua School of Business, who has held the position for the past year.
  • Edward Halperin A.M. '06, vice dean of the medical school, has been appointed dean of the University of Louisville's School of Medicine.
  • Erich Jarvis, an associate professor of neurobiology at the medical center, was named to Popular Science magazine's "Brilliant 10" list of young scientists and researchers to watch. The list appeared in the October issue. (Luis von Ahn '00 was also named to the list. See story in "Register.")
  • James Siedow, vice provost for research, has been named to the U.S. Department of Commerce's newly created, twelve-member Deemed Export Advisory Committee. The committee is charged with recommending improvements to policies that govern the transfer of technology to foreign nationals working in the U.S.
  • Duke Hospital has been named a "Magnet Hospital" by the American Nurses Association. Only 3.7 percent of the nation's hospitals have earned the designation, which is intended to recognize hospitals that provide the highest level of nursing care.
  • Duke was among the twenty "best of the best" colleges listed in this year's The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, which profiles 100 campuses with the best programs, services, and student organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. Just seven years ago, in 1999, Duke led The Princeton Review's "alternative lifestyles not an alternative" list.
  • Six of the university's international and foreign-area studies centers have been awarded four-year Title VI grants through the U.S. Department of Education, tying Duke with Columbia University for the most federally funded international studies centers. Grants to the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute; the Center for International Studies; the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies; the Center for South Asia Studies; and Fuqua's Center for International Business Education and Research will bring Duke about $11 million.

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